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Good Thursday morning to you!

I like to mow my grass. Not every two or three days like I have had to do lately, but I do enjoy the process. There is something about taking things that clearly need improved and making them look better. Most of us don’t get this kind of immediate satisfaction in our jobs, but lawn care workers do. And so do barbers. And painters. And car detailers.

I enjoy getting to know my lawn. Every bump. Every low spot. Every bare patch. My lawn and I have an intimate relationship each summer. Sure, I cuss it out when it grows too quickly or when it needs watered. And I don’t need to detail what my dog does to it. I wouldn’t blame my lawn for not liking me, but it knows how much I care.

When my friend Dan DeCarlo owned a lawn care business, he tried to convince me to have them mow it for me. “Let us focus on what we do best so you can spend your time doing what you do best,” he pitched me. Then I explained to him how much I really enjoyed the process of taking care of my lawn. The monotonous task of cutting grass gives me time to think about other things in a mostly uninterrupted time. When I am done, my lawn is a work of art (at least in my mind).

Not convinced? I understand. Lawn care isn’t for everyone. As for me and my lawn, we will continue to nurture our relationship.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

History Tid Bits


In France, the duke of Windsor—formerly King Edward VIII of Great Britain and Northern Ireland—marries Wallis Warfield, a divorced American socialite for whom he abdicated the British throne in December 1936.

READ MORE: The Scandalous Romance That May Have Saved the British Monarchy

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

The mercury continues to rise in your forecast as we head towards the weekend. The next rain chance reenters the forecast on Monday.

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

2900 Indianola Road
1700 Pioneer Road
1800 Hartford Avenue

Des Moines: 

Park Avenue will be closed for the event, Principal Charity Classic, from Fleur Drive to S.W. 14th Street. This closure will be active from Wednesday, June 2, to Sunday, June 6, and will impact All lanes.

Carpenter Avenue from 21st Street to Martin Luther King Jr Parkway will be closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, through 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. 

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: DMPD: Man attacked apartment employees with hatchet, starting standoff

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man accused of a hatchet attack has been booked in the Polk County Jail. The Des Moines Police Department was called to an apartment building on 34th Street, near Drake University, around 2 p.m. Wednesday.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Last month was the deadliest May on Iowa roads in 5 years

DES MOINES, IOWA — The Iowa Department of Transportation reports that 40 Iowans were killed on the roads last month, making it the deadliest month of May in five years. As of Wednesday afternoon, the DOT lists 114 Iowans killed in traffic incidents to date this year – exactly on par with the five-year average. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Former Make-A-Wish Iowa CEO pleads guilty to theft of funds

DES MOINES, Iowa — The former CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa has pleaded guilty to charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the charity that supports sick children and their families.  Jennifer Woodley admitted in a written guilty plea last week that she made unauthorized charges on a foundation credit card, gave herself unapproved bonus and salary increases and made false entries in foundation records. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
NBA Playoffs, yesteray's games: Mavericks 105 Clippers 101, Jazz 126 Grizzlies 110, Hawks 103 Knicks 89, 76ers 129 Wizards 112
Iowa Cubs: After nine straight losses, the Iowa Cubs (10-14) finally got to double-digit wins with a 2-0 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers (17-8), Wednesday at Werner Park.  READ MORE...
MLB: Cubs 6 Padres 1, Orioles 6 Twins 3, Dodgers 14 Cardinals 3, White Sox v. Indians postponed.  READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Place To Have An Adult Birthday Party
1. Smash Park
2. TGR Fitness
3. AJ’s on East Court


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Miss Amazing crowns winners in DCG
Pageant promotes building self-esteem.

By Lindsey Giardino

Emily Brown is using her platform as a two-time winner of the Iowa Miss Amazing pageant to help others like her.

Miss Amazing provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities across Iowa to build self-esteem. Emily, who’s visually impaired and lives in Grimes, first entered the pageant in 2017, when she won the Junior Miss title. In 2021, she entered again in the Miss division, and she was crowned Queen again, meaning she’s headed to Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee, this summer.

The competition includes a passion presentation component, which is where contestants show off their talent. For Emily, this means showcasing her voice.


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Things To Do

Thursdays, June through September
June 3 starts
Music in the Junction
Enjoy Music in the Junction Thursday nights at Railroad Park in Valley Junction from 6-8:30 p.m. The season kicks off June 3 with Exit 185. The rest of the music lineup is: June 10, Plastic Apartment; June 17, Randy Burk & the Prisoners; June 24, Get Off My Lawn; July 1, The Rockets; July 8, Gimikk; July 15, Toaster; July 22, Bob Pace & Friends; July 29, The Punching Pandas; Aug. 5, Suede; Aug. 12, The Sons of Gladys Kravitz; Aug. 19, Stark Raving Madge; Aug. 26, Rhythmatics; Sept. 2, Final Mix; Sept. 9, Brian Herrin Band; Sept. 16, 16 Staples; Sept. 23, Boomerang; Sept. 30, Freestyle.


Martha Munro took this photo of her peony bush blooming. The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing.

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Winterset Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The June issue cover story, "Rural Roots," is about residents who made the transition from farm to town life, as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Rafael Nadal, Anderson Cooper, Imogen Poots, Josephine Baker, Allen Ginsberg, Al Horford, Dave East, Sean Berdy, Mike Shula

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Which is not really a sport?

Auto racing





Would you buy a used mattress?
Yes - 6%

No - 88%

Unsure - 6%

Morning Chuckle
What do they sell at the Karma Cafe?
JUST DESSERTS (Apparently "getting one's just desserts" isn't as well known of a phrase as I thought. Several co-workers didn't get it. But G. Shirley Petersen of Ankeny did!)

Why did the parent tell the naughty child riddles?
(This one came to my mind at 2 a.m. Not sure if I made it up in my sleep or read it somewhere.)
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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